Poll: Republican voters understand 'Medicare for All' better than Democrats

Republican voters appear to have a better understanding of how single-payer health plans like "Medicare for All" would affect the healthcare system, according to the June Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll.

In the poll, 87 percent of Democrats indicated they consider healthcare a "very important" issue for candidates to address in the primaries. However, their knowledge of Democratic-led healthcare proposals like Medicare for All fell behind Republican voters.

For example, 71 percent of Democratic voters were aware taxes would increase under a single-payer plan, compared to 85 percent of Republicans. Just over half of Democrats (52 percent) said private insurance would not be the primary route to healthcare coverage under Medicare for All, compared to 57 percent of Republicans.  

Democrats were also more likely than Republicans to believe people would continue to pay deductibles, copays and premiums under Medicare for All. Sixty-eight percent of Democrats thought people could keep employer-sponsored plans under Medicare for All, compared to 44 percent of Republicans.

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